Getting that coveted position at work or being named valedictorian are wonderful accomplishments.
But while those achievements are nothing to scoff at, there are other moments in life outside the workplace or classroom worthy of praise.
"What is your biggest non-academic, non work-related accomplishment?"
You might find some of these relatable.
Coming to the aid of those in their time of need or while in distress have got to be one of life's biggest accomplishments.
Stepping Up After Tragedy
"Adopted my little sister (16) when I was 21 after my father murdered my mother helped her finish school and kept a room over her head till she was old enough to move out on her own."
Passed Out And Saved
"When I was a kid, I saw a guy passed out drunk on the side of the road. Neither of my parents noticed, so I said something. We went back and my dad went to check on him. It was around 20 degrees Farenheit out and he was wearing a thin jacket and pajama pants. My dad (who is a paramedic) told me I quite possibly saved his life that night."
Lady In Distress
"Saved a lady from drowning at the Outer Banks about 10 years ago."
"I was driving down a two lane road one night and saw an upside down electric wheelchair. I thought to myself 'that's an expensive thing to trash' and then I saw an arm reach up. The poor guy couldn't talk and only had one working limb. He was cursing downy the road and caught the edge and flipped. His chair was too heavy and the landscape wasn't conducive for me to flip it alone. I called the ambulance which was 20+ min out and tried to flag passing cars down. No one stopped for about 10 minutes (~ 60 or so cars). Finally a truck stopped and the guy was able to help me flip him back up."
"I saved over 100 cats in my lifetime and I feel happy thinking about it."
These laudable achievements make one feel as if they've arrived.
"I ate a triple burrito in one sitting ten years ago, for which I won a t-shirt. I still wear the shirt from time to time."
Strawberry's My Jam
"Not that exciting, but I'm still pretty proud: winning a blue ribbon at a state fair for my strawberry jam. My husband loves to brag about it, and it makes me feel pretty special when he does."
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Music To My Ears
"My old band got played on a local radio station a few times."
"The same thing for my band too. The university radio station liked us so much, they recorded one of our songs for a local music CD."
"Growing veggies and herbs without killing them. And making pickles/jams/infused butter with the results. So that's pretty cool I guess."
Power Of Healing
"My stroke recovery. I can walk, use my left hand and I can cook again. Things aren't perfect but considering that I couldn't pick my head off of the pillow the day after last Christmas I am doing fantastic."
"running the table at pool where after the other person broke and i sank every single one of my balls and the eight ball in one turn (i'm not usually good at pool). a stranger came up to me said it was one of the greatest things he's ever seen. I think about this often lol."
Taking care of yourself is an accomplishment that can be more rewarding than any trophy.
Growing A Backbone
"I stood up for myself with my family and set boundaries. Then I actually kept them."
"I had a very abusive and traumatic childhood. Standing up for myself when I was a child always resulted in pain of some kind. This was a huge step for me."
Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
"Probably not the biggest but I flat out slapped this random man on the street after he grabbed my a** .My hand shook for almost the rest of the day but I was so proud of myself!"
It's never too late to discover one's own hidden capabilities or talents and getting recognized for them.
Stranger In A Strange Land
"I moved to a foreign country where I knew only 1 person and didn't speak the language and managed to independently make it and now I call it home."
"Taught myself to crochet. I'm not terrible at it."
"Me too! Go us. I particularly love chunky yarn - the projects finish faster that way haha."
"An artist at a major animation studio saw my fanart and shared it on their Tumblr, they commented on how funny they thought it was. That was years ago but it felt great."
"I briefly became a published comic book author as a side hustle. My first issue sold out at a retailer level across the globe on day one. Super proud of that."
Throughout my musical theater performing career, I've been what's known as a swing. Swings are essentially an understudy for most of the male ensembles in a show and I would go on at any given time at a moment's notice to cover an injured performer or someone who called out sick.
That meant I had to know – in some cases – up to nine ensemble tracks and be able to integrate myself into the show seamlessly.
For every time I did not get shoved by a fellow performer for being in the wrong place on stage or missing a costume change, I gave myself a huge pat on the back by the curtain call.
And then I would go home and enjoy a glass or two of well-earned vino to calm my nerves from safely finishing the performance unscathed.
After months of hibernation, every city will soon be out of lockdown and on the path to the new normal. So what did we all do to utilize the time? Write a novel? Start a workout plan? Or cry, eat and drink? All of those answers are valid. Some people did actually decide to use the time wisely. And now that freedom is upon us they have new talents to share with the world.Redditor u/JAIC2004 wanted to know who made the most of their downtime in quarantine solitude by asking.... What have you started in quarantine that you will continue after?
I made a sourdough starter. Now this jar of yeast will live forever in my fridge, it's like a new pet.
Also, tracking all my expenses on YNAB! It's really reassuring knowing where my money is going and making plans to save. ImprovedMeyerLemon
I have a potato garden now, it's not too big but I really enjoy doing it and it's such a cool feeling when they sprout for the first time. 11Scorpion
We planted corn and other vegetables, and they are beginning to grow. It's a long-term project without instant satisfaction, like investing. PhuckNazis
Bought an inexpensive bidet and not going back. No longer have to worry about the lack of toilet paper in the area. Bought two 30 packs of washable, drying wipes and have never felt cleaner. Read somewhere, some time ago.... if you had crap anywhere else on your body... would you trust toilet paper to get it off? No noticeable difference in the water bill. Good investment. Stock-Suspect
I opened my Etsy shop back up. Closed it down about 8 years ago with little success. Back then I hoped it would become an income source. Now it's just a hobby, which makes it way less stressful :).
Hopefully after quarantine I'll still have time to actually make jewelry! Definitely didn't have time before :/ xTruthProofx
Cooking the majority of my family's meals and we eat them at the dinner table with no devices, and I take them out for a walk/hike/bike ride every night as "entertainment."
This has made me appreciate what I have even more than I did, and I'm bringing us all back to the 60s complete with B&W TV to maximize the family time. billbapapa
I decided to do the 30 day challenge of 100 push-ups per day. I'm typically doing 110 to 120 push-ups per day now. Before the pandemic I did zero per day.
EDIT: Also, a once a month grocery trip instead of the 2 or 3 times per week trip. We started shopping every 3 or 4 weeks now and it's been so much nicer. Buying in bulk, cooking larger meals (with leftovers), etc. We've actually been saving money doing this, mostly because we aren't doing things like buying snacks on the way home after work, etc. SharkOnGames
Prepping. Even if this all ends with a whimper, even if November comes and goes without a Civil War starting, even if this flu season winter goes as usual, I'll still be prepared as much as I can be for whatever can go wrong. GE15T
Stopped buying things I don't need. I buy essentials and maybe a few things to help not go crazy and that's it. If you get creative you don't need to buy useless things. I wish everyone would stop buying Crap and I would sit back and watch the big malls crumble. fib16
Hopefully, working from home. I've already begun browsing job postings. My coworkers and office culture are great, and my work is tolerable. However, the commute and constant human interaction just drain the life out of me. I've been such a better father and husband for the past 2 months, and I so don't want to go back. hertz037
Running. I couldn't even run one mile without walking before the lockdown, now I'm running 7 miles each day. I've been trying to challenge myself - I've always hated running in the past but honestly now I'm starting to enjoy how it makes me feel. Never thought I could get into running but here I am. heyhellohigoobye
I hope that I continue to enjoy a little bit slower paced life and don't pack my schedule full of obligations and appointments and events. It's been nice to just take time and not feel rushed and actually enjoy a day off. lordvoldemortnosejob
For sure. I noticed as soon as I got out of isolation, I was annoyed by the people around me. It sure made me want to stay inside more lol. Edgelord_Joey
You Got This.
I started going to AA meetings. I have twelve days of sobriety under my belt, I'm really hoping that this is the beginning of many years clean. yourbrainonvape
On Tuesday, I'm at 9 months. Keep it up. It gets really exciting in the first few months. You can see clearly and can really start focusing on other things and appreciating parts of life you've been neglecting. homeless_gorilla
Talk to Me.
Admitting I need help and not repressing my feelings to myself.
I was in therapy before quarantine but the therapist was not right for me (very dismissive) so I stopped around mid February. I then fell into old habits and thought I could just figure things out and things will get better.
I'm much more optimistic with the new therapist and opening up to loved ones. I feel like I'm on a road to a better me. _fablednature
Working out at home. agito90
I do hella yoga now!!! The pain in my back is completely gone unless I slack off for a couple days. I always thought it was a cop out exercise, but it's been so helpful!!! probably_not_carole
The new Rachel Ray....
I've been cooking a lot more for my mom, since she's the only one that kept her job. She's a housekeeper too, and I will admit that I didn't pull my weight around much at home since she would tell me to leave it for her later. But I'm home now, and the housekeeper shouldn't come home to clean her own home and cook her own meals.
I'm doing my best to go through all the cabinets and cooking what we have, and I think she appreciates it.
She likes trying new things, but feels she might mess them up so she's not used to cooking new recipes that aren't part of her established knowledge base. She still buys the ingredients though, and I'm not afraid to look up things online/ know how to google. I'll make some chow mein or stew from all the odd cuts of meat we have hiding in the freezer, and so far the food experiments are turning out well/tasty =).
...except the banana bread.... I don't know what happened with that... RDKibara
Spic and Span.
Washing my hands as soon as I get home. 1000livesofmagic
Yes! don't get me wrong i was washing my hands pre-Covid but now I'm much more aware of what i'm touching throughout the day and how easy germs can spread so now i wash my hands after i unpack groceries, when i get home and i put hand sanitizer after getting into my car. soitgoes_9813
Weight gain. ctc_celtic
No kidding, I'm hoping to continue to do so. I've been underweight for my entire life and have been stuck in a spiral where I eat too little, which makes me lose my appetite, which makes me eat less, etc etc etc.
I finally gained 2 kg in lockdown and I'm hoping to come out healthier :)). TheRedditLogo
Do it Yourself.
My own manicures. I have saved over $50 a month doing it myself, and it's much more rewarding. Also, my nails are healthier. I was getting dip powder manis regularly, and I had no idea how thin and unhealthy my nails were. pierogiepowers
The gel manicures prevent your nails from breathing unlike traditional nail polish. They say you should let your nails breathe after 2 weeks of gel. So, 2 weeks gel, 1 week regular, 2 weeks gel, etc. Thumbupthewhat
Because of Covid.....Giphy
Grocery pick up! I always dreaded grocery shopping, but did it any way. Because of Covid, I haven't been into the grocery store in 5 weeks and instead do grocery pickup. It's a dream. truthfrommyredlips
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Writing up a resumé or curriculum vitae is never a particularly easy task, and can quickly get quite tedious. Someone new to the working world can often have even more trouble, as they lack work experience and have to rely on making their skills seem impressive to get them the job.
Picking which professional skills to list is hard and it can be super tempting to include non-professional skills and achievements. Some of the following achievements are definitely impressive, but probably aren't the best thing to put on a resumé.
Reddit user u/onionslu* asked:
My body blasting full blown stage 4 cancer into full remission after just three chemo treatments, and keeping it there ever since. I'm really, really happy about that, but it's just not relevant for a resume.
I can fit a whole orange in my mouth. It's either weird or creepy to tell a potential boss this.
Like a big orange though or just a mandarin orange?
One big orange or about 4/5 manderins because they take up a lot of room.
I trained my cat to use the toilet
You could put it in your resume if you were applying for a cat training position
When I was in high school I threw a party and a friend drunkenly put a hole in the wall right by the entrance. My parents would be back in a little over 24hrs. The day following the party I went to Home Depot and explained to the guy working there my situation. To which he basically told me " yeah dude, you don't have enough time to fix a hole in the wall " After getting all the supplies, I figured I was good to go out with some friends for a while, come home and quickly fix the wall.
I come home from being out around 10pm, giving me about 12 hours before my parents would come home. I fill up the hole with the mesh and sheetrock. Now it's all filled up and smooth, still wet and obviously a different color than the wall itself. I remembered that my mom painted the wall herself a few years back and there are still paint cans left over in the basement.
After grabbing a can that matched the color of the wall I got ready to cover the spot. The second I painted onto the wall I immediately noticed the paint color was too dark. It's the same color but a much darker shade so my mom must've thought it was too dark and added white to lighten the color. So I go back to the basement for white paint. I spend the next few hours trying to find the right shade that my mom used so my wall would match in color with the surrounding walls. After an eternity I finally get the right color! It's 3-4am at this point and I paint the whole wall.
Once I'm done the wall looks great, you can't even tell there was ever a hole. My next obvious issue is the smell of paint. One step into the house and my parents would immediately know something isn't right, it reeks of paint.
That's when I remembered seeing a can of blue paint in the basement. I grab the blue paint and a poster board used from a school project and make a sign saying WELCOME HOME. I then hang the sign in the same room as the wet wall, on an opposite wall to draw attention there and off the painted wall. I purposely leave the can of blue paint there on the floor with the lid off to help sell the reason for the strong smell of paint.
Then I went to bed, exhausted and with only a few hours to spare. I woke up when they arrived to greet them/ see if I was gunna get busted or not. My plan worked like a charm! I got away with it. They loved the welcome home sign. I know what you must be wondering, but what about the wet paint!? There's no way it dried in time! You're right, it was 100% still wet when they arrived, I just prayed nobody would touch the wall!
That's one of my stories I'm actually very proud of! That was over 10yrs ago and I'm still just as proud today of that accomplishment as I was back then.
I'm glad some of you enjoyed the story!
Now for a little back story on just how screwed I would've been had I gotten busted. I grew up in a very conservative family and my dad was super strict, someone you never wanted to piss off or mess with, though he's a lot more relaxed now and we have a great relationship.
My parents never found out about it and still don't know to this day. Now we can all definitely laugh about it but life just kinda happens and the years have passed by and I haven't told them. Haven't really thought about it until last night as I was writing it all out. Maybe the next time the whole family is together I'll share it!
I have three brothers. Two much younger ones, like 8-9 years younger. Then I have a younger bro very close to my age. He's the only one in my family who knows about it because he was actually at that party that night. Though he didn't help, his exact words were " your party, your problem " as we both stood staring at the hole.
As for my friend who drunkenly punched the wall, we are still very close friends. He got married a few months ago and it was a great night!
This is lame, but my history knowledge. I have a decent sketch of western history in my head from Romans to the Soviet Union and a loose knowledge of the present, but it's not really useful in any way.
Not like the guy who trained his cat to use the toilet.
I've ridden my motorcycle solo across the US four times, visited 40 states and camped at every Nat'l Park you can get to without a boat. Map of the journeys.
It's been a hell of a trip, but not a professional selling point.
Being rank 1 in World of Warcraft arena during TBC on my Rogue. I am doing a PhD so there's enough stuff on my CV, but I am strangely proud of how well me and my team did in that game.
My review of a beauty product made it into a L'Oreal national ad campaign in my favorite fashion magazine. My mom joked that I could now call myself a published author.
I've written comfortably more than a million words of hardcore erotica, and made a living doing so for years.
This does not feature on the CV, for obvious reasons.
Being a teen is hard: hormonal changes, raging emotions, high school, college exams; there's a lot going on in teen's lives. It can often seem like a bit of a hopeless time and for many people, life really does get better.
It can be awfully hard to believe that anything will really improve when you're just starting high school, everything around you changing and seemingly out of your control. The things we go on to acheive later in life seem downright impossible, but we manage them anyway.
Wanting some input from others, Reddit user timchar asked: